Red Lantern – Thunder Valley Casino Resort
1200 Athens Avenue
Lincoln, CA 95648Neighborhood:
ChinesePrice: $30 and under
Red Lantern – Thunder Valley Casino Resort
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Phone: 9164088326
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: daily, 11 a.m - 4 p.m. Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – midnight; Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Dim Sum, Chinese
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Red Lantern – Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Red Lantern Chinese cuisine explores unique culinary perspectives on traditional recipes and cooking techniques to craft authentic Asian dishes with Hong Kong-style flair. Savor house specialties sure to tempt every palate such as dim sum, fresh seafood, noodle dishes and barbecue as well as a host of other delicacies complemented by a signature cocktail menu.Continued
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Red Lantern – Thunder Valley Casino Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 5, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (17)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (5)romantic (5)neighborhood gem (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
- lvmscDined on 8/29/2014We had reservations for dinner after the concert at Thunder Valley. The concert started late, so we were 45 minutes late for dinner. However, they were very gracious and seated us right away. Wish they had their own restroom because we had to stand in a LONG line before we were able to actually eat our dinner....so the dinner had cooled off by the time we returned to the table. The waitress messed up .... we had ordered the "set price" dinner which included 2 appetizers, soup, 2 entrees, and dessert. We were confused when we received just the 2 entrees. She offered to bring us the soup and charged us only for the 2 entrees. The waitress was very attentive and apologetic through the rest of our meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great selectionGreatDined on 8/28/2014The menu is huge, my only disappointment is there were so many dishes I wanted to trySpecial Features:
- Enjoyable LunchSashaVIPDined on 8/9/2014We enjoyed our lunch, everything very fresh (curry chicken, combo barbeque plate). Look forward to coming back soon!I would recommend this to a friend.
- Romancing the StoneTeeBearDined on 8/9/2014I have eaten at a number of Chinese restaurants locally, and Red Lantern by far is the best.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food and quick!food4kdbDined on 8/8/2014Going to a concert we were fed quickly but not rushed. Everything presented beautifully and all excellent. Definately will be back again but make reservations ahead of time and you will be guaranteed a table when you need it!Special Features:
- darned good chinesemaxthesaxDined on 8/8/2014tasted several dishes and all were wonderfully prepared with fresh ingredients. If I lived in the area, I would eat there often.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Noisy & cramped quarters!tropicDined on 8/1/2014To bad this place was so disappointing. Never got our tea, took 15 minutes to get our drinks. The waiter was in a hurry and way over booked. Food was just ok, not worth the price. Tables are way to close together, hard for disabled to move around.
- once againthankskdVIPDined on 7/29/2014thunder valley casino has great food; one can have café lunch, buffet, or Chinese on days he or she has no desire to gamble and be perfectly content. the red lantern was delightful and excellent as we have come to learn, even if we had no casino member discount on that eve.Special Features:
- Not sure this timeNateVIPDined on 7/25/2014Lily was our server. She was the best. My wife had the $37 Sea Bass again. This time it was not good. It came out raw. They took it back and it still was not right. My singapore noodles were great as usual. We were celebrating our one year anniversary and they tried to put us on an outer table alone. We wanted to sit in the center area. My wife insisted and we were finally moved. We may not go back.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Late Night DinnerwithjmjDined on 7/19/2014On the spot to find a great restaurant for four, we went to the Red Lantern and was not disappointed. Great service, food selection and bar. Would always recommend the lettuce wraps for starters. Several visits to Red Lantern and never unhappy with service or quality of food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ExcellentOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/18/2014The food was great. Great flavors, great menu. The resteraunt was packed so it did take a little while to get our food.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Get er Done!HappyDined on 7/18/2014Yep, based on the headline, you may have guessed. We came here prior to a Larry the Cable Guy gig at the Casino. The gig was great. The food? Very enjoyable. We needed a reliable "in and out" eat time so we could get to the show. We made a reservation and allowed 90 minutes. We used 80. So, not a fast place, but that is not what we wanted, otherwise we would have picked Panda Express. Certainly high quality food, reasonable service, and good choice. Suggest anyone attending an event at the Casino should consider this as their venue of choice, but make a reservation. Beats standing in line at the buffet for an hour to find someone had already taken all the crabs legs.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- managementshavingsDined on 7/1/2014We found the price too be double that of any other Asian restaurant in our area. We had a terrible experience with our bill in which we had to wait over 45 minutes to clear up a $11 comp which we were told was available to use at the restaurant by their awards center where we had just bought $220 worth of show tickets. After a horrible wait they finally gave us the comp which they said resulted by our not waiting for 48 hours to use. I don't think they would treat any of their high limit gamblers like they did us. I will not go back and make sure Sun City friends know of this.
- Quality food, casino prices.RickDined on 6/28/2014Took my wife here for our anniversary. Our server Derek was conscientious and pleasant. Food was excellent, but prices are substantially higher than typical Chinese restaurants, which was expected. Great menu variety.Overall a very pleasant experience. Will be back for future special occasions!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good butChangedDined on 6/28/2014We have had lunch and dinner here before and were really looking forward to Dim Sum, unfortunately we were told by our waiter that the chefs have changed. Meaning, no more Dim Sum. Oh well, the food was still delicious.Special Features:
- Your 3 Course MealMarcwithaCDined on 6/28/2014All you need to order is: Appetizer- Spring Rolls, Main- Smoked Bass, Dessert- Cheesecake. You won't regret it!!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just righttamtamDined on 6/14/2014The food and price were great. The lemon drop martini was awful. We had it taken off the bill. We had to find our waitress more than once. We all had a good time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GO RED LANTERN!MNewtonDined on 6/7/2014AWESOME FOOD. ABSOLUTELY THE BEST. WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WHO LOVES ASIAN FOOD AND WANTS A FESTIVAL OF FLAVORS IN THEIR MOUTH!Special Features:
- Confirmation Dinnerlillie417Dined on 5/25/2014We had a group of 10 people for our granddaughters Confirmation. The food was great and served in a timely manner and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely!Special Features:
- RushedMKPPPPDined on 5/11/2014Went with family for Mothers Day. Ordered special. Salad showed, 3 minutes 2nd course shows up, and 3 minutes later main course shows up. Saw it happen to two couples across the way. Ended up with three plates per person on the table while finishing 1st course. Felt like I was being rushed out the door, even though I just ordered. Looked like very few employees cared, except for wait staff which you didn't see after ordering until check comes. Has gone down hill big time. Never going back.
- The following 86 reviews are from the Red Lantern – Thunder Valley Casino Resort reviews archive.
- Pleasant SurpriseFineDineDreamDined on 3/22/2014Such a pleasant experience. Great food and attentive service on a Saturday night with friends. Will definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not up to par.Brody31Dined on 2/15/2014The food at the restaurant was just so so. It wasn't bad my any means but when spending 70 dollars in dinner I expected a little bit more. The service was super slow. We has reservations at 7 and we were sat right away. The disappointing part was that we didn't even get our drinks until 730. Our food didn't take too long but then our server never came back. All in all it was a pretty big let down and we will not be returning.
- LOVE GOOD NON GREASY CHINESEDOOLEYDined on 2/15/2014LOVE GOOD NON GREASY CHINESE FOOD AND YOURS WAS SUPERB. HAVE EATEN HERE MANY TIMES AND NEVER DISSAPOINTED IN THE FOOD OR THE SERVICE.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Chinese with some twistsSacEatzDined on 2/14/2014I ate here on Valentine's Day and my guest and I both enjoyed it. Although it's Chinese, there are a number of other Asian specialties like a sushi roll appetizer and a curry chicken, both of which we tried and enjoyed. The fried rice was fluffy and not at all greasy. My favorite dish was the honey walnut prawns.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Poor service but excellentamberrDined on 2/14/2014Poor service but excellent food. No staff understands much english there.Special Features:
- just okdougDined on 2/14/2014went for a valentines night dinner, made reservation and table was on time. food was good ...not great, service was hectic and irratic. food items were staggered and not on time together. hot tea was horrible. was very noisy. not an experience we expected.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Red Lantern VDAYADAF37Dined on 2/14/2014This was my first time eating at this establishment. My wife's second, but first time eating more of the items from the menu. We were running late and had called the restaurant to tell them we might slip by 15 minutes. They easily accommodated us for the later time. Once we were seated everything went rather smooth. Service was pretty good and the food was excellent. We were eating from a special four course V-day menu. Our only concern about the service for this special V-day event was the pace between each course felt rushed, especially for valentine's day where people like to sit, feel relaxed, talk with their company, and not run through each portion of their meal. I hope this was just an anomaly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Had a wonderful experienceMandJDined on 2/14/2014This was our first time dining at the Red Lantern in the Thunder Valley Casino. The casino area was quite busy being St. Valentines day and a Friday evening. The Red Lantern we found to be inviting with a good and caring staff. We chose the 4 course Valentine special being offered for $38.00 per person. The meal was very good ... we brought most of it home to enjoy later. We are planning on joining the Red Lantern in the future for another enjoyable evening. So glad to find another neat place to go.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday night outpickyDined on 2/4/2014We heard the Red Lantern served Dim Sum - they did not. The server answered our questions and was very pleasant. The food was OK - we've had just as good or better at other local Chinese restaurants. All tables were set up for 5 people (there were 2 of us). I'm not sure if we'll go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Solid Chinese Oasis in CasinoOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 1/31/2014I love eating here whenever I go to a concert at Thunder Valley. We generally get only appetizers and are never disappointed. Order the chicken wrapped in lettuce. Also, I like seeing 90% Chinese diners in a Chinese restaurant. It's not cheap Chinese but is good.Special Features:
- Chinese New Year'sPame2eatDined on 1/31/2014Good ambience away from the casino atmosphere. All the dishes we had were delicious and authentic Chinese style. We had a nice booth to accommodate us. I have been their several times and the service is good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- our chinese new yearsthankskdVIPDined on 1/31/2014red lantern would be difficult to excell even in china. what a delightful meal and great feeling of the new year with the lion and dragon dancers. the casino noise does not reach the tables near the great and beautiful fireplace.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MISSINGNICKDined on 1/31/2014We used to enjoy coffee ribs but it is no longer on the menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- a delightful afternoon lunchthankskdVIPDined on 1/27/2014the restaurant is a short drive from home and is the best local place for a spontaneous chinese lunch in our areaSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best service!OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 1/10/2014Its been awhile since we have been to Red Lantern and I will have to say we need to go more often! The service cannot be beat. Food was fast and waitresses very attentive, often knowing your needs before you do. They also were very accomdating to our 3 year old, and made her feel special.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Over pricedLuvdinningDined on 12/31/2013We were not expecting the price of the meal for New Years! The food was very delicious as always but disappointed about the pricesSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food was very good, butBeansproutDined on 12/25/2013The food was very good, but one of the dishes we ordered mentioned asparagus and beef on the menu, but did not mention green and red bell peppers. The person who ordered the spicy beef and asparagus hates bell peppers but got them anyway! Oh, well. We especially liked the crispy eggplant, but we made sure to ask for "very mild", because we were aware of the tendency toward very spicy--at least for our tastes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great date nightronoDined on 12/14/2013My wife and I enjoyed a nice dinner. The service was quick, each course came when we were ready for it. The food was very good, although we had a hard time understanding our server when she tried to explain some of the dishes. Something that can be expected in a Chinese food restaurant I suppose. Our experience was a cross between fine dining and casual Chinese, a great thing to have when you go to a casino and want a nice dinner without having to dress up.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What a gem!WaterfallDined on 11/27/2013I have eaten a lot of Chinese food, good and terrible. The food here is incredibly good. You can always tell if a restaurant has authentic taste when a large portion of the clientele is of the same ethnic origin. Well, not only were there Chinese diners there, but people of all races and ethnicities and it seems that all the comments I heard were on the order of, "Oh, man! This is incredible food!" I agree wholeheartedly!Special Features:
- Great foodYeagersmDined on 11/26/2013Love the food. The service is fast and very friendly .i like that it is upscale and a place to bring my family for a great dinning experienceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.